The Super Surtax

May 14th, 2006 at 10:24 am by David Farrar

Whale Oil has a great exchange form the House:

Rt Hon Winston Peters: Is it correct in a historical context that the highest-ever personal taxes in this country occurred under a National administration with a Minister of Finance called Ruth Richardson, when she imposed a surtax increase in 1991 of effectively, in its worst case, an impost of 92c in the dollar?

Gerry Brownlee: Why did the member vote for it?

Rt Hon Winston Peters: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. Again Mr Brownlee shouted out during the question.

Madam SPEAKER: No, it was after you had finished the question.

Rt Hon Winston Peters: And the answer is that I did not vote for it. I was expelled from the National Party.

and then later on Maurice Williamson tables Hansard:

Hon Maurice Williamson: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. Earlier in this session, an interchange occurred between the leader of New Zealand First and the deputy leader of the National Party. Gerry Brownlee actually called out and asked why the Minister voted for it, when we were referring to a move introduced by the National Government on 30 July 1991 to increase the rates of taxation on national superannuation. Mr Peters took the point of order, said that he had been interjected on when you quite clearly pointed out that he had not, but went on to say that he did not vote for that move. I seek to table Hansard, Volume 517, at page 3287, which shows that on the voting record one of the people who voted for that measure was Mr Winston Peters.

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10 Responses to “The Super Surtax”

  1. Michael (the other right wing one) () says:

    I have to say I like this new National Party tactic of using attack as defence. It is VERY effective. They have let Winston get away with being the governments smear poodle for too long. Now the Nats are giving it back to him. Surtax and American bag men indeed. Winston is such a hypocirte.

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  2. side show bob () says:

    Prehaps the odd dog biscuit left on Winnies seat as a gentle reminder of what the general public really thing of him.

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  3. David P () says:

    Australia has Alexander Downer. NZ has Winston Peters. Who cares about tax cuts (and mine is about $2k, just BTW)… coherent foreign representation is more than enough reason to move to Australia.

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  4. jackman () says:

    Alexander Downer coherent? David P let me quote you from an op ed piece Downer wrote for the Australian recently.

    “In the early 1970s when the Soviet Union annexed the captive nations, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, then prime minister Gough Whitlam ensured that Australia was among the first nations to recognise the legitimacy of the Soviet Union’s actions.”

    Coherent, smart and a complete wally.

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  5. pdm () says:

    The biscuit left on the seat would have to be a very small one – after all Winston is only a poodle. He would not be able to manage a working dogs biscuit.

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  6. David P () says:

    Jackman…

    The Soviets occupied Lithuania on 3 August 1940, Latvia on 5 August 1940, and Estonia on 6 August 1940. Australia, along with most western counties, regarded this as only “de facto” recognition. Hard to do otherwise with Soviet forces controlling everything.In July 1974, the dreadful Whitlam government changed the status to “de jure” recognition. This was changed back to de facto recognition in December 1975, after the voters tossed Labor out.

    So… Downer is correct. Leaving you the wally… but strangely qualified for a job traveling the world with Winston Peters, insulting foreigners and enjoying baubles.

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  7. burt () says:

    Leave Winston alone. He gave the popular answer in 1991 and again in 2006 – what more could we possibly ask of him.

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